NEARLY 100 anglers from across the globe will be descending on Mid Wales for the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships 2010 in June.

The prestigious event, which will be staged near Rhayader at Llyngwyn Lake and Craig Goch Reservoir, is expected to give a large boost to the local economy, and with 16 teams from around the world competing, could put the area on the global map in terms of fishing.

The teams will all be staying at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells for the duration of the competition but many, having travelled thousands of miles to compete, will be arriving well before the event to get some practice in and staying in local B&B’s and hotels.

Rhayader mayor, Cllr David Evans, has welcomed the announcement, with many hotels in Rhayader already filling up with bookings around the event - which will run from June 22 to 27.

“No local club could have done more for the area than the Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association. The event will have full media coverage and will give a real boost to the town’s economy,” he added.

The Lamb and Flag Hotel in Rhayader will be the competition headquarters and there will be an opening ceremony in the town which will feature a parade led by the Llandrindod Brass Band. Many prominent politicians are expected to attend the opening ceremony which will feature Rhayader schoolchildren, CARAD and many other local organisations. There will also be a concert by the Rhayader Male Voice Choir, followed by a buffet at the Elan Hotel.

Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association secretary, Moc Morgan, said: “When the World Championship was held in Llangollen in 1990 it provided a huge boost to the area’s economy. Many anglers return year after year to fish.

“Rivers and lakes in North and South Wales have often been used for international events but Mid Wales has been neglected. The area has some outstanding fisheries in stunning locations which should make the event hugely successful.”

To find out more visit the Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association’s website at